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Dino Rossi set to challenge Sen. Patty Murray

Former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) will run against Sen. Patty Murray (D) this year, giving Senate Republicans a top-tier recruit in one of a handful of potential targets left on the campaign map.

Rossi was expected to officially announce his bid Wednesday, according several GOP sources. He is widely seen as the strongest potential opponent to Murray, with the Republican bench in the state quite thin.

But recently, former NFL player Clint Didier, who has aggressively courted tea party activists, landed the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Rossi, who lost gubernatorial races in 2004 and 2008, has been weighing the race for months -- much to the chagrin of some Republicans who wanted him to make a decision earlier in the cycle. But with his likely entry into the race, Republicans now have a candidate they think will put the race in play this cycle.

Even with Palin's endorsement, it will be tough for a candidate like Didier to catch on, especially with the state's unusual top-two primary system. The system allows the top two vote-getters to proceed to the general, regardless of party affiliation.

Rossi is among the most popular Republicans in the state. In 2004 and again in 2008, losing to Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) in the closest gubernatorial race in U.S. history.

There had been some speculation that Rossi might pursue another bid for governor if Gregoire were to be chosen to replace Supreme Court nominee Elana Kagan as Solicitor General. But state Attorney General Rob McKenna (R), another popular Republican in the state, has long been eyeing the governor's office, and is expected to run for that job in 2012.

Murray is no easy out. Elected in 1992 with 54 percent, she was heavily targeted by Senate Republicans in 1998 and 2004 but won with 58 percent and 55 percent respectively. She ended March with nearly $6 million on hand.

-- Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By The Fix  |  May 24, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
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Berry, the nurse is ready with your shots. Bend over.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Trouble in the loony bin. Even drivl can't stand Ped anymore. Or is it the other way around?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

37th and O Street commented:

*Obama BETRAYED THE COUNTRY BY CAMPAIGNING FOR TWO YEARS TELLING PEOPLE HE WOULD BE BIPARTISAN - WHICH MEANS HE WOULD COMPROMISE AND ARRIVE AT CENTRIST POLICIES.
Obama is a TRAITOR."

I'd just like to observe in a calmer voice that it takes two (or more) to compromise. Ever since he took office, Obama has been left attempting to tango alone, as the Republicans won't even get onto the dance floor! With a dance partner also inspired by the music of hope and altruism and willing to follow his lead, our president could be waltzing us through innumerable problems.

Posted by: TomCamfield | May 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Rossi is determined to get into a position of power and influence, having twice failed in his bid to become governor of Washington State. He remains a smarmy, privileged and oily-tongued sort who undoubtedly will work hard to nurture the conservative dream of a class society--certainly not the type whom the American society needs in a position to determine its general welfare. He's a personification of ego with plenty of money and time on is hands, looking for the spotlight and his own little niche in history.

Posted by: TomCamfield | May 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, soon JOhn Cornyn's hat will be loaded down with feathers. This is just another feather in his cap on this great Republican recruiting class. Dino Rossi into the Senate race against Murray is a huge plus for Cornyn & national Republicans. I figured Rossi would run, as it's likely his last best shot to win high office. After 2 Governor's defeats, in 2012 Atty. Gen. McKenna is running for Gov. in 2012 & US Rep. Reichert will run against Cantwell in 2012. Rossi can potentially beat Murray and will definately be able to raise the cash to compete. Rossi has the backing of Jim DeMint and the Club for Growth already. This will be about the economy and that also favors Rossi. Now Cornyn just has to focus on Wisconsin for a find or either really jump behind one of the Republicans already running. It looks like Ron Johnson is the GOP favorite, so perhaps Cornyn will jump behind him. Cornyn has found great candidates in all of the GOP open & competitive races: Ohio, Missouri, New Hampshire & Kansas. Florida & Kentucky didn't turn out exactly the way Cornyn planned, but none the less, Paul is the huge front runner in Ky. In Florida, either Rubio or Crist will be the new US Senator in Florida and Cornyn and NRSC will be happy with either of them as a US Senator. Cornyn & the NRSC is very likely going to keep every competitive seat this cycle.

Now to the offense. Cornyn has recruited great candidates in: Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, North Dakota, Arkansas, Colorodo, Nevada, California & Washington. The NRSC could win 12 this cycle if this is a really deep R wave, if R's could win Wisconsin vs. Feingold. Republicans could have a wonderful Senate year this term.

Posted by: reason5 | May 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Noa, I was the one poking at bumblingberry with my pointy stick. It was because of the way he had been so abruptly and hugely insulting to your mild and reasonable initial post. It seemed so hormonal.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I was responding to margaret, noa. I don't tell you what to post, so please offer me the same courtesy.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Noa, I think someone is flirting with you! I think that woman's garage thing is supposed to be smutty!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

You'll have to connect the dots for me. Woman's garage?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

I crack up every time zook brings up that women's garage thing. I am baffled as to how he thinks you would be insulted by referencing something that happened to be written by someone of the same name as you.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Well, 12BB, 37th did predict that Dems are going to pick up seats this November. I don't agree, but we'll see who is vindicated.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 24, 2010 9:47 Pm
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He did? Well, I'm impressed.

37th normally makes so many wrong predictions that I no longer take them seriously. But, as you say, he can be insightful occasionally. Very occasionally.

It goes to prove that even a blind squirrel will find a nut occasionally. Very occasionally.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Drindl, you're good people and I like your posts but I need to say it.. sometimes it seems zouk's obsession with you is bidirectional.

Look. We all know he's a loser with serious emotional problems. We all know that his posting as drivl, moonbat, brigade, etc. reflects and ubwholesomely intense investment in this dumb thing. And so on.

I skip over all that "ped" crap, I wish you would skip over his proleoccupation wiry you. None of us need any help evaluating his patheticness, nor his brazen lack of irony. Please, find a way to just let it go and stick to sticking it to Republicans.

CC isn't going to get rid of the trolls, that's obvious. Don't make it worse. Thanks.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Nancy said they "have to pass health care so you can find out what is in the bill"

NOW 63% say they want the bill repealed.

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Yea, that makes sense Obama - 63% want to REPEAL THE LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN AMERICAN HISTORY.


My only question is: what are the other 37% thinking?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want, but Lindsay Lohan looked pretty good in Court today.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse


Noacoler You better start practicing saying "Senator Rossi"


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Deval Patrick says that the opposition to Obama is almost at the level of sedition.

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Sounds like someone else should be impeached.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse


Noacoler wrote,
"Back in the late 70s I lived in a houseful of pharnmaceutical junkies."


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AND you are trying to tell us you weren't one of them ?

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Noacoler wrote,
"Back in the late 70s I lived in a houseful of pharnmaceutical junkies."


__________________________________


AND you are trying to tell us you weren't one of them ?

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Noacoler wrote,
"Back in the late 70s I lived in a houseful of pharnmaceutical junkies."


__________________________________


AND you are trying to tell us you weren't one of them ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

And what is supposed to be so bloody great about experience in the private sector? I've not met an MBA yet who knew anything about anything.

Rossi doesn't have a chance. He's a stale joke and only angry failures like him here.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Việt Nam dark and overcast?

You're even more of an idiot than your posts indicate, Brigade.

Don't bother writing to me, and if you want responses just go on writing them yourself. You fall below the radar for me.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Back in the late 70s I lived in a houseful of pharnmaceutical junkies."


__________________________________


AND you are trying to tell us you weren't one of them ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi is going to win - the Republicans could pick up the 10 seats in the Senate they need.

No one wants to vote for the democrats.


Everyone wants to send a message to Obama.

Obama BETRAYED THE COUNTRY BY CAMPAIGNING FOR TWO YEARS TELLING PEOPLE HE WOULD BE BIPARTISAN - WHICH MEANS HE WOULD COMPROMISE AND ARRIVE AT CENTRIST POLICIES.


Obama is a TRAITOR.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

ddawd


what is wrong with you - I didn't say that

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

In one of the highest taxed states in the Union, Washington could use a real business person like Rossi in office.

Murray is just another professional Democrat with no real private sector experience. I guess that means the good folks in Washington are getting what they pay for.

Posted by: numbersch13 | May 24, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Margaret, Dino Rossi -- we are all so thrilled to hear about this loser again!

May he lose, and lose again...

"bumblingberry is so premenstrual these days. Do you need a hormone shot, honey?"

bumblingzouk, briade, moonbat,whatever the nom, oh defintely... she is frenetic.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, 12BB, 37th did predict that Dems are going to pick up seats this November. I don't agree, but we'll see who is vindicated.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 24, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Well Well Well THE SENATE IS OFFICIALLY IN PLAY.


It is certainly possible that the Republicans can take control of the Senate.

The American People are going to want to send a message to the democratic party this year :


WE ARE FED UP WITH OBAMA'S EGO - GOVERN THE NATION FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY - NOT FOR YOUR EGO


AND CERTAINLY NOT FOR YOUR VAIN DESIRE TO DO SOMETHING "BIG"

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


It is not nationalization - because it is being done to compensate the victims

What is wrong with you -

HOW LONG DO YOU WANT THE FISHERMEN TO WAIT TO BE COMPENSATED ?

HOW much do you think the lawyers should get to fight BP in this clear-cut case?

How long should this DRAG OUT IN COURT?


I SAY GET IT DONE IN ONE DAY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

37th,

I think there is nothing you won't do to vindicate yourself. Bwahahaha!!!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


If you open you mind, I will be vindicated - EVERY TIME.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

38th wrote: "The government should SEIZE ALL OF BP'S ASSETS and pay the fisherman - then BP can sue to get something back if anything is left at the end"
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But don't call it nationalization.

Ink-wa, ink-wa.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


Not my idea - and I didn't say nationalize - I said enter into a consent agreement to pay the liabilities RIGHT AWAY -

YOU WANT TO WAIT 20 YEARS TO PAY THE FISHERMAN FOR THEIR LOSSES.


Nationalizing BP was never my idea - besides the Iranians already did that.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Are you here 37th?
You may be vindicated after all.
People as far left as James Carville and Chris Matthews are starting to give Obama hell for dawdling on the Gulf tragedy.
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Does this mean that 37th won't get credit for the idea of nationalizing BP? I object! All credit SHOULD go to 37th, if there is any fairness in this world.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


Here you go again - starting to complain about racism - there isn't a rock that you have seen that you don't think racism is under.

And you think every issue that everyone brings up is a proxy for racism.

You don't believe anyone can disagree with anything Obama says - otherwise IT HAS TO BE RACISM.

This is the way you think.

It is so pathetic - it has NO PLACE IN AMERICA.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

How did President Logan get back into the Adminstration?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 24, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice coup for the Washington GOP, BUT Rossi starts from ground zero in terms of money. He may win the primary, but will start out with little money post primary.

Posted by: RussellNewYork | May 24, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse


Well Well Well THE SENATE IS OFFICIALLY IN PLAY.

It is certainly possible that the Republicans can take control of the Senate.


The American People are going to want to send a message to the democratic party this year :

WE ARE FED UP WITH OBAMA'S EGO - GOVERN THE NATION FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY - NOT FOR YOUR EGO

AND CERTAINLY NOT FOR YOUR VAIN DESIRE TO DO SOMETHING "BIG"


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Rossi will be the eleventh Republican on the primary ballot. That's quite a lot of traffic to clear by August 17th.

In the menatime, I guess Senator Murray collects campaign contributions and gets to look senatorial (while Rossi has to grub for money and endorsements and votes).

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Are you here 37th?
You may be vindicated after all.
People as far left as James Carville and Chris Matthews are starting to give Obama hell for dawdling on the Gulf tragedy.
It may be BPs fault, but they seem to think the time has long past for assigning blame and forming commissions. They'd like to see a little action.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

As a longtime northwesterner, how many hours a day to you have to spend under a sunlamp to keep from going completely bonkers?

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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Why do you think the British hang out at the pub? ;-)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 24, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Tricities and Seattle are going to outvote the Seattle corridor? In your dreams. Rossi support is about as strong as Larouche support around here.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 7:37 PM
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As a longtime northwesterner, how many hours a day to you have to spend under a sunlamp to keep from going completely bonkers? I've heard all that rain and gloom is devastating to the psyche. It's probably no better in Nammie Nammie Land; maybe you should reconsider and pick someplace like Phoenix or San Diego, where the sun shines once in awhile.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Tricities and Spokane are going to outvote the Seattle corridor? In your dreams. Rossi support is about as strong as Larouche support around here.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Tricities and Seattle are going to outvote the Seattle corridor? In your dreams. Rossi support is about as strong as Larouche support around here.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry is so premenstrual these days. Do you need a hormone shot, honey?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 24, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Rossi basically won in 2004. In 2008 it was a Democratic year in an Democratic state. I think Rossi has a great chance in 2010, Murray will have to defend all her big spending votes, while popular in Seattle may not be with the rest of the state. Also the economy sucks and that Dems controlled congress for four years now.

Posted by: jamesd1234 | May 24, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

SeanC1 wrote,
"Nobody has ever gotten into a race this late and won (apart from Lautenberg in New Jersey, but that was under very unusual circumstances"

Yes. One crook bailing at the last minute and being replaced by another crook.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Fix and Fix interns:

Thank you for the totally free Washington Post ad.

Mr. Ros-, er, Jones. Yeah, Jones.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 24, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the GOP find any new faces?

The twice-failed Rossi? Seriously? Newt Gingrich is back? Seriously?

Posted by: jgoodfri1971 | May 24, 2010 6:56 PM
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The truly ironic thing is that these old retreads are better than most Democrats who might oppose them.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I see Jesse Jackson Jr. is thinking about endorsing Mark Kirk for the Illinois Senate seat.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

"Why can't the GOP find any new faces?"

Lets be fair now, Doug Hoffman was one example. They brought Piyush Jindal onto the national stage, Michael Steele too; I can think of lots of Republican amateurs like Meg Whitman and novices like Linda McMahon emerging since the 2008 election disaster.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 24, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the GOP find any new faces?

The twice-failed Rossi? Seriously? Newt Gingrich is back? Seriously?

Posted by: jgoodfri1971 | May 24, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I didn't know that I was (a) the only one who interacted with G&T and (b) was despised by same individual. Someone who seems obligated to get up on a Sunday morning to post twaddle, on the other hand…

Thanks for analysis on the ground.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 24, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Hello? A multimillionaire two time loser for governor is not a very good candidate against a popular, respected U.S. senator. Rossi lost by a significant margin in 2008. Your Republican bias is showing.

Posted by: query0 | May 24, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Nobody has ever gotten into a race this late and won (apart from Lautenberg in New Jersey, but that was under very unusual circumstances, and he's a whole different category from Rossi), so I'm deeply skeptical.

Plus, Rossi has already lost two statewide races, and recently toplined a real estate convention that was all about how to profit from the housing bust.

Posted by: SeanC1 | May 24, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Ped, you still don't get it that no one here appreciates your particular brand of idiocy. Take it to the juice bar, loser.

Or girls garage.

the only person that interacts with you is the one you despise, that you encourage everyone to ignore. what a pitiful life.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 24, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again.

Nothing to see here folks, move along .. Rossi may be popular in the rural eastern part of the state but there aren't a lot of people there. In Seattle he's a synonym for mud. And he may be one of the most popular Republicans in the state but you know what? That isn't saying much.

I'd expect a column like this in a slow week, but this isn't one.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"...with the Republican bench in the state quite thin."

You got that right.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 24, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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